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15 Things to Start Doing at 50 That’ll Save Your Brain at 80

The Healthy Logo By Holly Pevzner of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 16: Think your brain is too old to learn new tricks, let alone keep cognitive decline at bay? That's faulty reasoning. Research featured in the journal Cell: Stem Cell reveals that neurons continue to form in the part of the brain where memories are processed in your 40s, 50s, and even your 90s. "Your brain health as a lifelong investment," says Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Canada research chair in physical activity, mobility, and cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. "The more regularly you engage in behaviors that are good for the brain, the more resilient your brain may be in the face of aging and disease." (Check out these brain-boosting foods that will make you smarter.)

Your brain continues to improve

Think your brain is too old to learn new tricks, let alone keep cognitive decline at bay? That's faulty reasoning. Research featured in the journal Cell: Stem Cell reveals that neurons continue to form in the part of the brain where memories are processed in your 40s, 50s, and even your 90s. "Your brain health as a lifelong investment," says Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT, Canada research chair in physical activity, mobility, and cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. "The more regularly you engage in behaviors that are good for the brain, the more resilient your brain may be in the face of aging and disease." (Check out these brain-boosting foods that will make you smarter.)

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